BBC NI head of news Kathleen Carragher quits her post after seven years
The BBC's head of news in Northern Ireland is to leave her post after seven years at the helm.
Kathleen Carragher has enjoyed a 35-year career with the BBC and took on her current role in 2011, since when she has overseen news content across television, radio and online.
Speaking about her departure, which will take place within the next few months, Ms Carragher said it had been a "huge privilege" to have led BBC NI's news service.
"It has not been an easy decision to leave a job I love, but it is the right time for me to have a change of direction and spend more time with my family and friends," she said.
Before taking over as head of BBC News NI, Ms Carragher was editor of Radio News at BBC NI since 1998 and also served as News Online editor from 2008.
She was educated at St Dominic's High in west Belfast and later studied at Sussex University and the University of Wales.
Peter Johnston, director at BBC NI, said: "She will be much missed as a senior colleague and we all wish her well in this new phase of her life."